On Tuesday, officials with the Center for Disease Control confirmed a patient in Dallas has been diagnosed with Ebola on American soil for the first time in history. Less than 24 hours after the announcement, here's how America is reacting as evidenced by online activity.In a one-hour period following the announcement, CNN reports Twitter handled 50,000 Ebola-related tweets. Those ranged from calm rationality and fact -- as seen here in a missive from Vice President Joe Biden...
... to this simple, elegant "quiz" from Vox, which sums up the reality of Ebola's arrival in the U.S. perfectly:
— Vice President Biden (@VP) October 1, 2014
— Vox (@voxdotcom) October 1, 2014
"You've Got Ebola," a riff on the movie "You've Got Mail," was a common submission, as was "Charlie and the Ebola Factory."Comedy writer Travis Helwig perfectly summed up much of the reaction thusly:
-Worrying you might have Ebola
-Reading a lot about Ebola
-Having panic attacks
— Travis Helwig (@travishelwig) October 1, 2014
Perhaps the most appropriate response, however, is visible not online but at the Dallas Fort Worth airport, where CBS DFW reports no flights have been canceled. In Texas, as with the rest of the United States, there's heightened interest -- but it's ultimately business as usual.